If You Can't Go to the Beach, Bring the Beach to You

During these times of economic uncertainty, more and more people are choosing to take time off and discover the virtues of their own town. Stacations, as these are now called, offer you time to invite family and friends to your home to gather together and save some money in the process. To make this more enjoyable you should consider bringing the beach to your backyard and/or home. There are many different types of indoor and outdoor furniture and garden items that are available but you do not have to purchase these products at one of those big box home improvement stores. After all, why should your backyard look like your neighbors?

If you like the beach and can't make it there this summer then turn your backyard into a beach paradise by purchasing products with some bright colors, not just your standard teak brown. Uwharrie Chair is a great manufacturer of outdoor products that are extremely high quality and built to last. They design and build products anywhere from the classic adirondack chair, to rockers, swings and tables and even complete outdoor groupings. Their products are crafted from thick, kiln-dried southern pine and are available as Natural or finished in 27 lively different colors. These finishes are also available in a "wash" finish, if you prefer to start with a look that appears more translucent and "weathered".

When transforming your home into a coastal retreat, the inside of your home is often overlooked. Many people don't realize there are many high quality indoor furniture options for every room in the house. These furniture styles will offer you sophisticated casual living featuring natural materials such as bamboo, rattan, leather wrapped corners, pineapple carvings and bright cheerful colors. These pieces are definitely not your typical patio styles that tend wear out in a few years.

No manufacturer captures the essence of refined coastal living with effortless style any better than Tommy Bahama by Lexington Home Brands. With collections named Beach House, Ocean Club, Royal Kahala, Island Estate and Kingstown, you'll be certain to fall in love with one of these five uniquely designed coastal styles that will keep you in an island state of mind year round.